Our People

Donovan Fornwalt, CEO

Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Donovan served for 14 years as Director of Governmental Affairs & Disability Policy for The Council on Developmental Disabilities. His long history of disability advocacy began in 1994 when he was director for Advocacy and Legal Rights for the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville. Even in those early days, he demonstrated his proclivity for strategic successes by lobbying successfully for the first funding increase for the Personal Care Attendant Program since its inception in 1984.

Prior to joining the Council, Donovan served as the principal assistant to then-Senate Majority Floor Leader David Karem.

Besides extensive experience on a broad, statewide scale that requires both savvy in the national arena and ability to navigate Kentucky and Medicaid finance systems, Donovan serves as an advocate for his own family members with developmental disabilities and was a family home provider for 19 years for a young man with developmental disabilities, a longtime friend to Donovan and his children.

"Many of our employees and board members are either a parent or a sibling of a loved one with a disability. When a mom or a dad or a sister calls us for help, we listen. We listen because we are hearing our own story, the story of a family struggling to ensure a safe, healthy and dignified life. We listen with humility and with a genuine passion to make things better.”

Contact Donovan: dfornwalt@councilondd.org

Mona Wilkerson, Director of Family Support & Special Events

A bachelor of fine arts graduate of Western Kentucky University, Mona began her community involvement working as a volunteer with Special Olympics at the Summer Games at WKU.

She and her husband, Danny, have three children -- Danielle, Gabrielle (Gabby) and Gregory -- who are her pride and joy. Through her experiences as a parent, Mona has gained a great deal of knowledge that she enjoys sharing with mothers, fathers and guardians who are meeting the challenges of raising a child or providing support to an adult with developmental disabilities. Her daughter Danielle, who has Down syndrome, is a source of inspiration. "My daughter Danielle's indelible spirit provides me guidance each day with conviction and love for people with disabilities."

In her Family Support role, Mona assists and supports families with early intervention, early childhood education (IEPs), transition to middle and high school, and guardianship.

Mona is an active member of the Disability Ministry for the St. Patrick Catholic Community and has served on the boards of Best Buddies Kentucky, Special Olympics Kentucky and Mom’s Night Out (supporting mothers of children with Down syndrome).

Contact Mona: 502.999.3719 or mwilkerson@councilondd.org

Dr. Toetta R. Taul, L.E.A.D. Training Director

A native of Richmond, Ky., Dr. Taul holds a bachelor of arts in social studies education from Kentucky State University as well as graduate degrees from Spalding University, including a Master of Arts in Teaching: Learning and Behavior Disorders, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Taul directs the Council’s Leadership Education & Advocacy Development training program, which helps train and empower parents to advocate and communicate effectively about their children’s educational needs. She also is employed by the Jefferson County Public School system, where she has worked since 2002. Currently, Dr. Taul works at The Academy@Shawnee as an Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Consulting Teacher. She is active in the district as a trainer and facilitator and is a Classroom Management Trainer for the Jefferson County Teacher Association (JCTA). Additionally, Dr. Taul teaches culturally responsive teaching and classroommanagement/leadership for the JCPS Alternative Certification Elementary and Secondary (ACES) Program.

Dr. Taul’s life’s passion has been working with students with disabilities, as well as underprivileged and less-advantaged youth. She has mentored several teachers new to the profession and works with parents to involve them in their student’s academic success.

Contact Dr. Taul: toetaul@gmail.com

Kelli Adanick, Director of Marketing & Projects

Kelli is a development and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience working for nonprofits, newspapers and magazines. Before joining The Council in October 2013, she served as Associate Director of Development for Frontier Nursing University. In her early career, she worked as an editor at several publications, including The Lexington Herald-Leader and skirt! magazine.

Kelli received her bachelor of arts in journalism and psychology and her master of arts in education from Western Kentucky University. She currently serves as Vice President for Community Relations for the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a registered yoga teacher.

Contact Kelli: kelliadanick@gmail.com

Monica Downs, Office Manager

Monica Downs, office manager, keeps the gears oiled and the engine quietly purring behind the scenes at The Council. Monica is the longest-serving employee of The Council, having served our nonprofit and our families for more than 30 years. She is The Council's "institutional memory" and handles invoices and billing, record-keeping, supply management, communications, and a number of responsibilities that keep the office running smoothly.

Ehren Reed, Teaching Artist/Consultant

Ehren is beloved by our constituents and has led many workshops for our families and curated many exhibits for The Council. As of May 2016, Ehren’s role will be as a teaching artist and consultant. Outreach and engagement expanded dramatically under Ehren’s leadership, as she organized arts programming to promote self-expression and foster a sense of community.

Ehren is a graduate of one of the most respected liberal arts colleges in the nation, Kenyon College. She also is a graduate of the California College of the Arts, where she received a BFA with high distinction in painting and drawing. Ehren spent 14 years as a professional artist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Louisville in 2013. She has exhibited her work in a variety of venues nationally.

Ehren has extensive experience volunteering with groups that serve artists with disabilities, including StudioWorks in Louisville.

Contact Ehren: ehrenereed@gmail.com

Shawna Dellecave, Art Therapist/Consultant

Shawna Dellecave works with The Council as a consultant to the "Nothing About Me Without Me" (NAMWM) art project, providing guidance and therapeutic expertise, as well as hands-on support and assistance with workshop facilitation. Additionally, Shawna has been helping artists with disabilities develop their confidence and skills as teaching artists as part of the NAMWM project.

Shawna is an independent artist and musician. She is also a case manager at Centerstone for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.She has an associate license of art therapy (LPATA), a master's in art therapy, and a bachelor's degree in studio art. She also has received extensive training in yoga, dance and theater.

U of L Digital-Media Team

The Council has been fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with doctoral students in the Rhetoric and Composition program at U of L since 2014.

These students bring a wealth of digital-media experience to the project, with special talents in audio/video editing, storytelling and community engagement. Members of the current team have been instrumental in documenting our arts advocacy efforts through the NAMWM project. They collaborate with us to photograph and videotape workshops and also provide hands-on assistance to workshop participants. The team is creating short videos to tell the story of the project and our artists. Additionally, the U of L team is offering workshops and one-on-one mentoring in the digital-media arts to individuals with disabilities who are interested in learning about photography and video creation. We hope this instruction will help our participants gain confidence in using digital tools to tell their own stories.

Our Board of Trustees

Dr. Henry Hood, President
Adonna Wickliffe, 1st Vice President for Operations
Ruth Trout, Treasurer
Missy Kinnaird, Secretary
Dr. Matthew Holder, Immediate Past President
Dale Arnett
Katie O'Bryan
Mylantha Williams
Ryan Keith
Shawn Herrick

Honorary Members

Damian Barthle
Luca Conte
Shirley Dumesnil
Anne Ebendorf
Lois Hart
Dona Jarvis
Craig Johnson
Natalie Semaria
Marilyn Werst